Austin Walker, Spectrum Editor
The spooky, jack-o-lanterned holiday characteristic of the fall season is only days away, and for the costumed and less-festively dressed students on campus, there are more events than a bout of trick-or-treating this Halloween.
Below is a list of events from, fun to frightful, open to students and not far from the Monroe Park Campus — blood and gore optional.
Event: Eerie Nights Ghost Tours
Location: 17th Street Farmer’s Market, 100 N. 17th St.
Time: 9:15 p.m.
Description: A yearly tradition, the Eerie Nights ghost tours lead a brave group through some of Richmond’s most notoriously haunted locations including the Byrd Theatre, Hollywood Cemetery and more. Tickets are $13, and can be purchased at the doors or online with discounts for larger parties.
Event: Spooky Throttle 9 Halloween Party
Location: The Canal Club, 1545 E. Cary St.
Time: 9 p.m.
Description: For the ninth year, the Canal Club is having a Halloween bash, this year’s theme is all things that glow: Expect neon and strobe lights, glow sticks and performances by NUMBERNIN6, Gangsta Fun and Shugadadde. The event is open to everyone 18 and older, and tickets are $10 in advance.
Event: TheatreVCU’s Rocky Horror Picture Show
Location: The W.E. Singleton Center, 922 Park Ave.
Time: 7:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m.
Description: TheatreVCU has reimagined the cult classic movie about the sweet transvestites of Transylvania that spawned deviant live-performance tradition. On Halloween night, the midnight showing encourages audience members to attend in costume and participate in the performance.
Event: Halloween Sunset Party with Graveside Breakfast, President Sam and Ten Foot Beast
Location: Strange Matter, 929 W. Grace St.
Time: 5 p.m.
Description: This year, local music venue Strange Matter is holding an all-ages concert featuring artists from Richmond, Texas and the Hampton Roads area. The early event is designed to kickstart a long night of festivities.
Event: Fright Night at the Firehouse Theatre
Location: Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St.
Time: 8 p.m.
Description: Firehouse’s spooky musical returns for a frightful evening of choreographed and costumed television, stage and radio Halloween music mashups spanning the decades. Audience members are also invited on stage for dancing and drinks at the open bar.
Event: Slasher! The Improv Comedy Horror Show
Location: Coalition Theatre, 8 W. Broad St.
Time: 8 p.m.
Description: The Coalition Theatre is holding their third annual Nightmare on Broad Street series of shows starting on Oct. 29, and this Halloween is the improv comedy event. They’re encouraging people to dress up, grab a drink in the bar (if you’re 21), and maybe even wear a poncho — they’re expecting a gory mess as performers come up with on-the-fly Halloween scenes.